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Madison County facing bigger bill for asbestos removal work

October 16, 2017

The bill for removing asbestos from a central Indiana county's government office building is getting bigger.

The cost for the work in the Madison County Government Center had been estimated at $2 million. But county administrator Dan Dykes said that projection is now $3.5 million.

The estimate includes the asbestos removal, new fireproofing, moving and storage for county offices, new ceiling tiles, paint and carpeting, the Herald Bulletin of Anderson reported. That total doesn't include the $420,000 cost to lease space to house county offices for seven months so the work can be completed.

County council members are expected to vote Nov. 14 on a plan to borrow the $3.5 million and repay it with county income tax revenues.

Asbestos can cause lung cancer and other health problems if inhaled.

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